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Skills for Life Programs

Our Skills for Life programs are geared towards teaching your child the skills needed to be successful in social situations at school, at home and in the community.  Using evidence based ABA principles, your child will have the opportunity to practice turn-taking, building social relationships, self-regulation, teamwork and perspective taking.

Our programs are delivered in a small group setting of three or more children and up to two ABA therapists.  Therefore, we will require those attending these programs to have certain pre-requisite skills.

An eligibility screening is required in order to determine if your child meets the pre-requisite skills to learn within a group setting.

These pre-requisite skills include:

  • Verbal communication skills
  • Ability to participate in a group with minimal support
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Independence with daily living skills
  • Minimal challenging behaviours

A minimum number of registrants is required for each program to run.  If the program does not meet the minimum enrollment, every effort will be made to accommodate your child in another program.  If there is no other program which is suitable, we can discuss potential next steps for your child and family.

2 hours, 1 day per week
Delivered in a child to staff ratio of 3:1 or greater
Delivered over an 11 week period


social skills activities

Fun with Friends

The focus of this group is to teach children social skills that will help them make and keep friends including cooperation, maintaining interactions with peers and social relationships.  This group will follow the Children's Friendship Training curriculum, an evidence based social skills intervention for children.

Can We Talk?

This group will address the development of skills related to having a conversation with peers including understanding social cues and the concept of personal space, initiating, maintaining and ending a conversation as well as taking turns during a conversation.


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By learning about meal preparation and kitchen safety, your child can develop skills that can lead to greater independence, becoming more involved with the cooking at home or a willingness to try a dish they made themselves thus expanding their food repertoire.  The group will teach skills such as following a recipe, setting the table and cleaning up.


Keeping Calm

Some children need help learning appropriate ways to respond when faced with stressful and challenging situations.  This program is designed to help teach your child how to identify emotions in themselves and others, identify triggers and how to use relaxation techniques to work through strong emotions.


Other features include:

  • Delivery of treatment by a team of highly trained therapists
  • Program oversight by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA)
  • Parent/Caregiver coaching on teaching strategies being used
  • Session feedback and follow up with the family


Registration for Spring is now closed



To register contact Kathleen Molina-Kelly at (416) 240-1111 ext. 2271 or by email at


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The Etobicoke Children’s Centre

65 Hartsdale Drive,
Etobicoke, ON M9R 2S8

200 Ronson Dr., (4th floor)
Etobicoke, ON M9W 5Z9

Tel: (416) 240-1111
Fax: (416) 240-7999
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